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14 02, 2017

Do It Yourself HVAC Repair

By |February 14th, 2017|Blog, Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs|0 Comments

Don’t Always Do It Yourself Homeowners can use common sense and basic knowledge to fix small problems with their heating, ventilation and air conditioning, but they’re wise to leave the big challenges to professionals. That’s because pros know the ins and outs of complicated systems that will baffle a well intentioned but over-eager amateur. At [...]

26 07, 2016

“The Other Guy Said He Could Do It Cheaper!”

By |July 26th, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs|Comments Off on “The Other Guy Said He Could Do It Cheaper!”

Sometimes we hear “the other guy said he could do it cheaper.” We don’t hear that often, but it’s frustrating on the rare occasions when we do. Here is what’s unfair about those comparisons: First, how can someone who wasn’t there to solve the problem determine how much it should have cost [...]

21 06, 2016

Do leak-stop agents work?

By |June 21st, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|0 Comments

Pros and cons Leaks aren’t as common as they once were, but professionals still debate the value of using leak-stop agents in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. “Some contractors have used them successfully for years and consider them practical and cost-effective ways to seal small, hard-to-find leaks in systems. Other contractors feel strongly that only [...]

6 06, 2016

How AC Works

By |June 6th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How AC Works

Most homeowners just want the air conditioner to work and they don’t want to be bothered with the details. But if you’ve ever wondered how air conditioning works, diynetwork.com has a very clear explanation and a graphic to illustrate the basics: The electric air-conditioner (or cooling cycle of the heat pump) does the cooling, thanks [...]

30 05, 2016

3 things we want in our HVAC system

By |May 30th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 3 things we want in our HVAC system

Reliability. Energy efficiency. Comfort. Those are the top three things people want when they buy air conditioning and heating systems, according to a comprehensive survey of 1,500 U.S. homeowners. The survey was conducted for Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. and the results were reported by achrnews.com. Reliability is Job 1 When it comes to the [...]

23 05, 2016

Home energy: Size matters

By |May 23rd, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Home energy: Size matters

U.S. homes are more energy efficient than they were 40 years ago, but they’ve also much larger. The result: The size of new homes offsets nearly all the efficiency gains of the past four decades. Technology and other advances enable us to use much less energy per square foot, but we build much bigger [...]

16 05, 2016

New minisplits offer nice benefits

By |May 16th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on New minisplits offer nice benefits

Panasonic’s new EXTERIOS XE Series has models ranging from 9,000 Btu to 15,000 Btu, all offering many years of energy efficient indoor climate control. The built-in and improved ECONAVI not only detects room occupancy and motion but also incorporates an area search function to direct airflow where it is required for optimum comfort. This [...]

9 05, 2016

Pros and cons of AC warranties

By |May 9th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Pros and cons of AC warranties

Manufacturer warranties. Good or bad? Every contractor has an opinion, so be sure to talk with us about the pros and cons of warranties whenever you make major changes to your heating and cooling systems. Advantage: Long-term coverage brings peace of mind. Disadvantage: The details regarding registration and maintenance are too confusing to understand. Warranties [...]

2 05, 2016

Garage great. Fumes not

By |May 2nd, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Garage great. Fumes not

Shed? Ventilation system? Both?   A garage attached to your home makes life more convenient, but it also can hurt the quality of your indoor air. Think about the fumes from the car, the lawnmower, the water heater and other items in your garage – Fertilizer? Pesticide? Items you don’t want to breathe. Yet [...]

25 04, 2016

Tips for buying a generator

By |April 25th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Tips for buying a generator

  There’s nothing like a winter storm or a summer hurricane to make you wish for a backup generator to keep your home comfortable and your family happy. But what’s the best system for you? FamilyHandyman.com offers an in-depth look at portable and standby generators – prices, advantages, potential problem areas and solutions. You [...]

18 04, 2016

New way to seal leaks in ducts

By |April 18th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on New way to seal leaks in ducts

  Pesky, expensive duct leaks now are much easier to find and seal, thanks to technology and smart science. Aeroseal, a computerized duct-sealing system, seals air ducts and ventilation shafts from the inside. This unique inside-out approach makes it possible to quickly and easily seal the entire duct system — even sections that are [...]

11 04, 2016

Why customers like us

By |April 11th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Why customers like us

Customers like us because we’re prompt, fair, knowledgeable and informed, but not pushy or aggressive. And customers like our prices. But don’t take our word for it. Read what customers have to say about our work: We’re on time. “My daughter needed her Heating/AC unit tuned up and the Groupon was a great way [...]

4 04, 2016

How’s your IAQ?

By |April 4th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How’s your IAQ?

  While individuals can do little about outdoor air quality, many can do something about the indoor air quality of their homes and businesses. And IAQ – indoor air quality – is a growing concern for owners of new homes and older homes alike. “Consumers have IAQ problems and are trying to find solutions. [...]

28 03, 2016

Fireplaces are Great, But…

By |March 28th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Fireplaces are Great, But…

Beware of fixed glass panels for gas fireplaces. They can become as hot as 1,328 degrees Fahrenheit and stay very hot for up to an hour after the gas is turned off. This situation causes an estimated 17,000 medical visits per year, with many people suffering third-degree burns. Children are especially vulnerable That’s according to [...]

21 03, 2016

Humidifiers can be handy year-round

By |March 21st, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Humidifiers can be handy year-round

  Nothing beats an Alabama day so mild that neither the heat nor the air conditioning is working, giving your electricity bill a respite from the weather. However, those days also may build up the humidity in your home if the air isn’t moving. “Proper humidity levels in a home or office can be [...]

14 03, 2016

6 Ways to Judge a Service Business

By |March 14th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 6 Ways to Judge a Service Business

Like almost anyone, when I buy goods or services I can get annoyed when something goes wrong with a transaction. When it happens, I may even complain. What really gets me to take notice is how the company handles my complaint. No matter how well a company might run its business, mistakes will occur. [...]

7 03, 2016

Do Your Pipes Bang?

By |March 7th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Do Your Pipes Bang?

Do Your Pipes Bang? One of the strangest and most annoying plumbing problems our technicians get called on to fix is “banging pipes.” You may often hear people joke about poltergeist in the walls! If it’s any consolation, rest assured that banging pipes stem from natural phenomena that keep within the laws of physics. [...]

29 02, 2016

Stay Safe This Winter

By |February 29th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Stay Safe This Winter

The New Year is upon us and I hope with all my heart that everyone reading this has a happy and fruitful year. The New Year arrives in the dead of winter, and cold weather brings with it too many deaths, injuries and property damage. Many home fires and carbon monoxide poisonings stem from [...]

22 02, 2016

How to help your filter

By |February 22nd, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How to help your filter

Air filters can do only so much to control the particles in the air in your home. You can do more. That’s because your activities can stir dust, especially if you have an indoor pet or smoke. “It turns out that most of the dust, of all particle sizes, in the air in our [...]

15 02, 2016

AC Solutions for salt air

By |February 15th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on AC Solutions for salt air

If you’re fortunate enough to own a second home on the Gulf Coast, you know that corrosion can be a problem for air-conditioning and heating units. Now Carrier is introducing a new line of 14 SEER air conditioning and heat pump units designed to provide advanced corrosion prevention and protection in coastal climates. “We [...]

12 02, 2016

3 ways to get cleaner air indoors

By |February 12th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 3 ways to get cleaner air indoors

In the winter, you naturally want to keep cold air outside. But many people complain of dry, stuffy and unpleasant conditions. Others worry about their health because many household products and furnishings release impurities that can linger in the air. However, there are three smart steps that you can consider, according to David Kenyon, [...]

8 02, 2016

How do I pick an air filter?

By |February 8th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How do I pick an air filter?

How do I pick an air filter? Filters are an important part of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning v system, but there are several ways to choose the one that’s best for you and your family? Opinions vary, depending on your budget and home, but all experts agree that a dirty HVAC filter hurts [...]

5 02, 2016

3 more ways to cut heating costs

By |February 5th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 3 more ways to cut heating costs

  You can make small, inexpensive tweaks here and there to save money on your energy bill, but big savings require big steps. Writing for BobVila.com, Steve Fox recommends three options that can pay off for you.   Add insulation “For lower heating and cooling costs, attic insulation isn’t elective; it’s essential. According to the [...]

2 02, 2016

Government: China dumps refrigerants on US markets

By |February 2nd, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Government: China dumps refrigerants on US markets

  The federal government is agreeing with American companies that have long complained that China is cutting prices unfairly on a key refrigerant used in air conditioning. The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced an affirmative preliminary determination in its antidumping investigation of imports of HFC refrigerants from China, according to achrnews.com. This encompasses both [...]

1 02, 2016

Allied Air to increase prices 5 percent

By |February 1st, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Allied Air to increase prices 5 percent

Allied Air Enterprises has announced a price increase of up to 5 percent on residential and commercial equipment and accessories. The increase will apply to orders placed after Feb. 26, 2016. Allied Air Enterprises has six brands – Armstrong Air®, AirEase®, Concord®, Ducane™, Allied Commercial™ and Magic-Pak®. Several other manufacturers also recently announced similar price [...]

25 01, 2016

Smart thermostats, sensors and other devices are having a big impact on air conditioning, heating and ventilation of homes.

By |January 25th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Smart thermostats, sensors and other devices are having a big impact on air conditioning, heating and ventilation of homes.

ACHRNews.com asked members of its Contractor Advisory Board to talk about their favorite smart, connected products and why they like them. Check out these reports from some of the contractors who discussed their favorite new tools for residential HVACR: HONEYWELL PRESTIGE IAQ COMFORT SYSTEM KIT Chosen by: Paul Ainsworth, owner of M.L. Building Technologies [...]

18 01, 2016

Your HVAC System Should Never be an Afterthought

By |January 18th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Your HVAC System Should Never be an Afterthought

When you visit a million-dollar home you may expect to be dazzled by the a lavish kitchen, bathrooms landscaping and décor. This is usually what our technicians see when they are called upon to service upscale clients. With those expectations you'd also expect to find the best HVAC systems money can buy, yet this [...]

12 01, 2016

Homes of the not-so-distant future

By |January 12th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Homes of the not-so-distant future

More growth by 2020     More and more people are building “green homes” that emphasize energy efficiency and minimize impact on the environment. Green homes generally cost more, yet are growing in popularity, according to a new study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics. The study was done in partnership with the National Association [...]

4 01, 2016

HVAC tips for buying a home

By |January 4th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on HVAC tips for buying a home

Bring an incense stick Look for rust, bad ductwork, poor insulation and air leaks. These are just a few of the suggestions from air-conditioning authority Will Housh to people looking at a home they may buy. “If you are looking for a new home, it's important to consider the age and quality of the HVAC [...]

1 01, 2016

5 resolutions to help your home in 2016

By |January 1st, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 5 resolutions to help your home in 2016

5 resolutions to help your home in 2016   Here are some New Year’s resolutions to make sure your home does well in 2016. They come from the American Society of Home Inspectors, whose duties include advising homebuyers on problems with various houses for sale: Ventilate “It’s surprising how many bathrooms and attics aren’t properly [...]

31 12, 2015

Check these HVAC items before buying your next home

By |December 31st, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Check these HVAC items before buying your next home

The location and the floor plan may be just what you want, but check the heating and cooling system before you buy a home. How old are the air conditioner and the furnace? Tell the Realtor you want to know the age of the equipment and see maintenance records so you can judge for [...]

30 12, 2015

When temperatures vary from room to room

By |December 30th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on When temperatures vary from room to room

Do you notice that some rooms in your house are warmer or colder than others? This problem is fairly common, especially in older homes, but we can help you get all your rooms closer to the same, temperature-wise. Maybe the rooms are drafty, or the thermostat needs to be moved to a more central [...]

29 12, 2015

Bad seals under a tub make you take a bath on energy costs

By |December 29th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Bad seals under a tub make you take a bath on energy costs

Ever wonder if you’re accidentally squandering energy and letting critters in the house? Look under the bathtub if you have a bathroom on the first floor and make sure the space is properly sealed. Sometimes it isn’t, and that means your heating and air conditioning is going out that way – and bugs and [...]

28 12, 2015

3 ways to cool a converted garage

By |December 28th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 3 ways to cool a converted garage

You generally have three choices when it comes to installing air conditioning in a garage that you’re converting into living space. Serviceexperts.com has a concise rundown on your options: 1) Connect an existing air duct from your house to the garage. This, of course, only works if the garage and the home are connected [...]

26 12, 2015

Need home repairs during the holidays?

By |December 26th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Need home repairs during the holidays?

Troubles tend to happen at worst times   You won’t be alone. Many Americans call for home repairs during the holiday season because they need help with their home plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Some 44 percent of Americans, or 50 million households, have called for home repairs on heating, plumbing, electrical, [...]

25 12, 2015

Merry Christmas to you and your family from Freedom Heating and Cooling

By |December 25th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Merry Christmas to you and your family from Freedom Heating and Cooling

Happy holidays and a great 2016!     There are many worrisome things happening in the world, but it’s very important that we take time to enjoy our family and friends at Christmas and New Year’s. We at Freedom Heating and Cooling wish everyone a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a bright, happy new year [...]

24 12, 2015

5 heating problems to avoid this winter

By |December 24th, 2015|Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on 5 heating problems to avoid this winter

          Get a furnace tune-up and relax   Many problems with heating can be traced back to five areas, according to serviceexperts.com: 1) The thermostat breaks, which causes a loss of heat or other unpleasantness. Fan motor, belts or bearings malfunction, causing too much or too little heat. Dirty or clogged filters lead to airflow [...]

23 12, 2015

What to do when electricity quits

By |December 23rd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on What to do when electricity quits

When a power outage occurs, the lights go off, the surge- protectors beep, and we search for flashlights if it’s dark. There’s something else you should do to help your heating, ventilation and air conditioning resume operating once the power returns. If you have backup power, turn it on. We’re referring to the many [...]

22 12, 2015

Don’t Trust Contractors Who Don’t Have a Permit

By |December 22nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Don’t Trust Contractors Who Don’t Have a Permit

Major home construction jobs and renovations require a permit from a local building department. Most home owners realize this when it comes to projects visible from the street. What many home owners don’t know is that in some jurisdictions permits are also required for major interior repairs and replacements, such as for water heaters [...]

21 12, 2015

An easy way to cut your holiday light bill

By |December 21st, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on An easy way to cut your holiday light bill

Use LED  bulbs   Save money and energy on Christmas lights by purchasing LED bulbs, which cost a little more up front but far less to operate. Monthly operating costs on LED minis cost $1.08 per month (0.04 watts), compared to $31.50 for traditional lights, which use 7 watts, and $7.20 for miniature lights, which [...]

21 12, 2015

Is Your Current Furnace Saving You Money?

By |December 21st, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Is Your Current Furnace Saving You Money?

Residential furnaces come in various sizes measured in British Thermal Units (btu). They range from 40,000 Btu all the way up to 100,000 Btu and larger. Your furnace needs to be correctly sized to provide for efficient heating and cooling and avoid excessive repairs. A furnace sized too small will not deliver enough heating [...]

20 12, 2015

Smart ways to keep your holidays safe

By |December 20th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Smart ways to keep your holidays safe

‘Tis the season to decorate, but be careful with lighting lest the Grinch steal your Christmas. Alabama Power Co. offers these safety tips: Inspect all lights, decorations and extension cords for damage before using them. Take care when decorating near power lines. Keep yourself and all equipment at least 10 feet from power lines. [...]

19 12, 2015

How to make mold go away

By |December 19th, 2015|Allergy Solutions, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How to make mold go away

Vacation home hassle When you go to your second home, an unpleasant guest may be waiting for you. Were talking about mold, usually accompanied by a musty smell that has accumulated while you were away. ‘Believe it or not, mold exists pretty much everywhere,” writes Bob Vila, longtime author and host of television shows about [...]

18 12, 2015

Industry seeks ways to make AC more environmentally friendly

By |December 18th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Industry seeks ways to make AC more environmentally friendly

Investing billions of dollars Expect fewer potential pollutants as the air conditioning industry continues to seek more environmentally friendly methods of cooling homes and businesses.   The industry has pledged to invest $5 billion over 10 years to develop refrigerants that have low potential for global warming. The low-GWP (global warming potential) effort is in [...]

17 12, 2015

Follow the Energy Star to savings

By |December 17th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Follow the Energy Star to savings

For appliances, light bulbs, more   The ENERGY STAR logo can be found on everything from compact fluorescent light bulbs to refrigerators, and its presence identifies a product as being from 10 to 50 percent more energy efficient than products without the ENERGY STAR logo.   ENERGY STAR is an energy efficiency program jointly sponsored [...]

16 12, 2015

Trane to charge 3-4 percent more

By |December 16th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Trane to charge 3-4 percent more

Trane to charge 3-4 percent more Buy now and beat Jan. 1 price hike   There will be an average price increase of 3 to 4 percent on select residential HVAC equipment for Trane, American Standard and Ameristar, according to Ingersoll Rand’s Residential HVAC strategic business unit.   Achrnews.com said the price increase is effective [...]

14 12, 2015

We Wish You a Safe and Happy Winter Holiday

By |December 14th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on We Wish You a Safe and Happy Winter Holiday

We Wish You A Safe and Happy Winter Holiday The winter holidays are upon us and the last thing anyone wants is for this season of joy to turn tragic. Please keep your loved ones and valuables secure with the following tips:   Choose decorations that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant, and keep decorations away [...]

13 12, 2015

Fixing second-floor AC woes

By |December 13th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Fixing second-floor AC woes

Several possibilities Maybe you have this problem: Your air-conditioner does a great job of cooling the first floor but it’s much weaker in the rooms on the second floor. What’s the problem? The solutions could be easy and they could be expensive. Our colleagues at Snyder Air Conditioning in Jacksonville, Fla., have some excellent suggestions: [...]

10 12, 2015

More companies making 20 SEER units

By |December 10th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on More companies making 20 SEER units

Maytag the latest Maytag has joined the growing list of manufacturers selling 20 SEER air conditioners as the push for more energy efficiency continues. Maytag recently began selling an all-new iQ Drive air conditioner – the PSA4BG. This inverter-driven product reaches 20 SEER cooling efficiency in all matches and is available in 2, 3, 4 [...]

9 12, 2015

Smart thermostats are not for everyone

By |December 9th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Smart thermostats are not for everyone

Smart thermostats are growing more and more popular, but traditional thermostats may be perfectly fine for many people.   The choice often comes down to the homeowner’s personality and needs, as an achrnews.com article notes.   Maybe the owner is tech-averse or is home most of the time and seldom adjusts the temperature. And smart [...]

8 12, 2015

Test your HVAC IQ

By |December 8th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Test your HVAC IQ

Test your HVAC IQ   Installing a heating and cooling system can be trickier than you think.   Check out this example of an installation and see how many mistakes you can find. See how you compare with HVAC whiz Dave Lennox.   http://lennox.davenet.com/index.php/email/emailWebview?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRokvKvNZKXonjHpfsX57%2B4uUKa%2BlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FScFrI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFSbbDMaNhzrgLUxY%3D ABOUT THE AUTHOR    

7 12, 2015

Furnace-shopping: A good question to ask

By |December 7th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Furnace-shopping: A good question to ask

If you’re in the market for a new furnace, take your time and ask the contractor how he will decide what size system you need. “There are a lot of ways to do it, and many of them are wrong,” says Alison Bailes, author of the Energy Vanguard Blog.  “Some acceptable ways would be [...]

7 12, 2015

Plumbing & Legionnaires’ Disease

By |December 7th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Plumbing & Legionnaires’ Disease

Every so often you hear about outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease from the news media. This happened twice last August. More than a dozen people died and scores were sickened in New York City and at a home for military veterans in Illinois. Because Legionnaires’ is associated with plumbing and air conditioning systems, it might [...]

4 12, 2015

Gas heat once got a cold reception

By |December 4th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Gas heat once got a cold reception

The growth of gas heat is a great example of the old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Gas heat was a non-starter until electric companies came along in the late 1800s and began using electricity to light all the lamps that had once been powered by gas utilities. It wasn’t a new idea; [...]

4 12, 2015

The Battle Over Thermostat Settings

By |December 4th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on The Battle Over Thermostat Settings

“Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” was the title of a best-selling book from 1993. It may explain why men and women in so many households do battle over thermostat settings. In general, women tend to feel cold more than men. That might be expected if they came from Venus, warmer and [...]

3 12, 2015

A Yankee’s guide to heat pumps

By |December 3rd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on A Yankee’s guide to heat pumps

Newcomers to the South sometimes are perplexed when they encounter heat pumps rather than the furnaces they used in colder climates. Heat pumps do well in the South because they function best in areas where the temperatures seldom hit the freezing mark. Heat pumps struggle to keep up when the temperature dips below 32 [...]

3 12, 2015

Don’t drown in hot water bills

By |December 3rd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Don’t drown in hot water bills

Heating and cooling aren’t the only factors in your energy bill. Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 18 percent of your utility bill after heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That works out to 25 gallons for a clothes washer, 10 [...]

2 12, 2015

Looking for a new gas furnace?

By |December 2nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Looking for a new gas furnace?

Beware ‘human error’   Check Consumer Reports for a rundown on the costs and the efficiency of new furnaces, which are much more effective than the furnaces of yesteryear. As Consumer Reports notes: “How efficiently a furnace converts gas into heating energy is reflected in its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating, which is measured as a [...]

2 12, 2015

9 tips for safe, smart generator operation

By |December 2nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 9 tips for safe, smart generator operation

Generators are great, but please be careful   It’s always nice to be call on a portable generator when you need temporary electric power, but be sure to use great care for both safety and effectiveness.   A generator can cause carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, as well as electric shock [...]

1 12, 2015

Alabama Power lowering rates 2 percent

By |December 1st, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Alabama Power lowering rates 2 percent

Effective Jan. 1   Thanks to decreasing costs for coal and natural gas, Alabama Power Co. rates will drop 2 percent effective Jan. 1. Coal and natural gas are used to produce electricity for Alabama Power. However, the company says it continues to seek ways to deal with other rising costs due to [...]

1 12, 2015

Beware: This is peak season for carbon monoxide poisoning

By |December 1st, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Beware: This is peak season for carbon monoxide poisoning

Few know symptoms   Cold weather is prime time for carbon monoxide related deaths, yet many homeowners don’t know the symptoms or take steps to avoid poisoning. “Fifty-nine percent of non-fire carbon monoxide related deaths occur between November and February. While 94 percent of homeowners know that the furnace can release deadly carbon monoxide gas, [...]

1 12, 2015

AC system boasts 22 SEER

By |December 1st, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on AC system boasts 22 SEER

Trane’s new products include advanced furnace and home intelligence systems   Trane recently unveiled several new products, including its first new furnace platform in nearly 25 years.   The Trane S-Series Furnace was “designed and exhaustively tested to exceed the most stringent dealer and homeowner expectations,” hvacnews.com reports.  Trane consulted experienced dealers for advice on [...]

30 11, 2015

Furnace 101: The basics

By |November 30th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Furnace 101: The basics

  When it comes to explaining the pros and cons of various heating equipment, GreenBuildingAdvisor.com is one of the best.   Here’s an article by Martin Holladay, a GBA advisor, who clearly and smartly explains just about everything you need to know about furnaces.   Furnace efficiency is usually calculated by using a laboratory [...]

29 11, 2015

Carrier, Bryant and others raising prices

By |November 29th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Carrier, Bryant and others raising prices

Carrier, Bryant and others raising prices   Expect prices to rise for Carrier, Bryant, Payne and ICP products in the next two months. UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which manufactures these products under the Carrier, Bryant, Payne, and ICP brand names, announced a price increase of up to 5 percent on residential and commercial equipment [...]

29 11, 2015

Furnaces: Gas vs. electric

By |November 29th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Furnaces: Gas vs. electric

Furnaces: Gas vs. electric Electric furnaces cost less to purchase than gas furnaces, but they cost more to operate. Gas furnaces heat a home much more quickly than electric furnaces, but their lifespan is much less than the lifespan for electric furnaces. These are just a few of the contrasts you must weigh when choosing [...]

25 11, 2015

How to pick the right refrigerant

By |November 25th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How to pick the right refrigerant

5 points to consider   Thanks to new technology, we sometimes have more than one choice when it comes to picking a refrigerant.   But five factors should go into the decision-making process, as industry veteran Joe Marchese points out at achrnews.com.   They include saturation, volume, toxicity, global warming potential and miscibility – the [...]

24 11, 2015

Tame those ‘energy hogs’ at home

By |November 24th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Tame those ‘energy hogs’ at home

Treat yourself to a new TV, too   Under-insulated homes and outdated appliances are just two examples of “energy hogs” fattening up on your utility bills, according to Consumer Reports magazine.   The October 2015 issue says there are smart ways to corral your costs:   Make sure your attic is adequately insulated. A typical [...]

20 11, 2015

 AC Cost, options

By |November 20th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on  AC Cost, options

Learning what to expect   AC Cost naturally is a big factor when selecting cooling and heating systems.   In many cases, you must make tough decisions depending on your budget and what you want to accomplish.   For a look at approximate costs of installing various air-conditioning and heating options, visit http://howmuch.net/cost-guides.html   The [...]

19 11, 2015

Great career opportunities in HVACR

By |November 19th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Great career opportunities in HVACR

Do you know someone who is looking for a career that provides a valuable service and offers great advancement opportunities? The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries will be adding thousands of new workers in coming years as current employees retire and demand for service grows.   A new study estimates that tens [...]

18 11, 2015

5 future ‘game-changers’ in cooling, heating

By |November 18th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 5 future ‘game-changers’ in cooling, heating

New technology keeps producing “game-changers” that will revolutionize heating and cooling for homes and businesses.   That’s the word from achrnews.com, which reports on the world of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration.   The breakthroughs include sophisticated new energy collectors, ventilation systems, thermal management systems and hot water delivery systems that may soon be in [...]

17 11, 2015

AC site Location

By |November 17th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on AC site Location

AC site Location, location, location   Picking a site for your air conditioner is almost as important as picking a site for your home.   It’s all about location.   Don’t put your outside unit where it will attract too much heat and be forced to work harder.   Instead, pick a shady spot where [...]

16 11, 2015

Do this, not that to cut heating costs

By |November 16th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Do this, not that to cut heating costs

4 energy tips It’ s important to understand what your thermostat can and can’t do for you this winter.   Don’t crank it too high If a room is cold, you naturally want to raise the temperature. But dialing the thermostat up too far too fast won’t automatically raise the temperature to your liking. It’s [...]

13 11, 2015

AC Sealant saves money, work well on some leaks

By |November 13th, 2015|AC Repair, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on AC Sealant saves money, work well on some leaks

Refrigerant AC sealant can offer a great alternative solution when a leak is too expensive or too inaccessible to fix.   Modern sealants worked on a variety of equipment, including rooftop packaged air conditioning units, air conditioning split systems, small refrigerators, commercial refrigerators, walk-in coolers and freezers, reach-in coolers, and ice makers, according to an [...]

11 11, 2015

Thank veterans, They made our lives better, safer and richer

By |November 11th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Thank veterans, They made our lives better, safer and richer

On Veterans Day, let’s take time to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country and helped preserve the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. Military veterans endured many hardships, risked their lives and stood ready 24/7, carrying out dangerous missions while most of us were [...]

6 11, 2015

8 signs your furnace is dying

By |November 6th, 2015|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 8 signs your furnace is dying

Here are eight warning signs that your furnace may need to be replaced. Thanks to Home Energy Center, which compiled this report based on research undertaken by the federal Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota Department of Public Service, electric and gas utilities heating and cooling manufacturers, trade associations, and field service personnel. [...]

5 11, 2015

Another reason to clean your fireplace

By |November 5th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Another reason to clean your fireplace

Not just for Santa Yes, you want a clean fireplace for Santa Claus when he makes his arrival at Christmas. But you also want to clean your fireplace to prevent the fireplace glass from turning cloudy. Residue can color the glass and require you to buy new glass when you’d rather be spending the money [...]

4 11, 2015

Ductwork shape can make a big difference

By |November 4th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Ductwork shape can make a big difference

Round or square? If you’re building or retrofitting a home, consider the shape of your ductwork before you begin installation.   Many good arguments can be made for choosing spiral-shaped ductwork over the rectangular version.   Spiral ductwork provides more energy efficiency and less leakage and its installation and material costs are lower, according to [...]

3 11, 2015

Protect your AC unit from theft

By |November 3rd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Protect your AC unit from theft

Thieves sometimes target air conditioning units because they want the copper, which they try to sell at scrap yards.   There are several smart ways to prevent theft, or at least make it more difficult for thieves.   Lock the disconnect box. The disconnect switch allows people to kill the electricity and avoid electric [...]

1 11, 2015

Look for lower heating bills this winter

By |November 1st, 2015|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Look for lower heating bills this winter

If forecast is correct Look for lower heating bills this winter   Warmer weather this winter could mean lower heating bills.   Heating bills for homes using electricity should drop about 3 percent and natural gas about 10 percent, the U.S. Energy Department said.   Its prediction is based on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric [...]

31 10, 2015

Halloween hint: Turn off energy vampires

By |October 31st, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Halloween hint: Turn off energy vampires

Save $100 a year   Give yourself a treat this Halloween season and trick some “energy vampires” out of your house.   Unused televisions, gaming consoles and other electronic devices can be vampires sucking up your energy bill.   Here’s a tip from resnet.com on ways to save $100 a year in energy costs:   [...]

31 10, 2015

Halloween Safety

By |October 31st, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Halloween Safety

The holiday season is approaching, kicked off by Halloween night when kids have fun but are also in danger from certain hazards that arise with this annual event. Here are some tips to help avoid tragedy. Suggested hours for trick-and-treating are between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Do not let younger children go trick-or-treating [...]

31 10, 2015

Carbon Monoxide is a Colorless, Odorless Goblin

By |October 31st, 2015|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide is a Colorless, Odorless Goblin

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can cause flu-like symptoms, confusion, brain damage and even death.  All gas appliances produce carbon monoxide, like stoves, water heaters and furnaces.  Dirty, inefficiently burning appliances can produce an excess of carbon monoxide that can leak into your home. Help keep your home safe by installing a carbon monoxide detector on every [...]

30 10, 2015

Who rules the thermostat?

By |October 30th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Who rules the thermostat?

Size matters Who rules the thermostat?   Most married couples have fought the battle of the thermostat.   He wants the temperature higher and she wants the temperature lower, or vice versa.   But this debate extends far from the home. Maybe you work in an office where someone else rules the thermostat with [...]

29 10, 2015

More homes are trying solar

By |October 29th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on More homes are trying solar

The price of a typical solar electric system is dropping, one reason why more people, especially Southerners, are looking to the sun for help with their energy bills. One incentive is the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit, which allows for a 30 percent tax credit on residential energy property applied to solar-electric systems, solar-water [...]

28 10, 2015

Climate change debate is coming home

By |October 28th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Climate change debate is coming home

Sooner or later, your home will be affected by the ongoing discussion of climate change.   That’s because many refrigerants used in cooling systems hurt the environment.   Scientists keep trying to develop better alternatives as government leaders worldwide seek to control or reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere.   One major [...]

27 10, 2015

HVAC Cheatsheets

By |October 27th, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on HVAC Cheatsheets

Every industry has shortcuts and quick reference guides.  Here are a couple of HVAC refrigerant cheatsheets. ABOUT THE AUTHOR    

23 10, 2015

Six tips to avoid flooding

By |October 23rd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Six tips to avoid flooding

A flood can have an especially devastating impact on your home, so take time to look around your property and see if you need to make improvements.   A good source of information is the 2015 Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways To Protect Your Home From Flooding, a free publication by the Federal Emergency [...]

22 10, 2015

3 tips to Cut that energy bill

By |October 22nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on 3 tips to Cut that energy bill

  Looking for ways to trim your energy bill?   Here are some relatively easy fixes that will cost some money upfront but will improve your home or office and repay your investment in fairly short order. They come from cheatsheet.com, a website that offers tips and news on a wide range of topics. [...]

22 10, 2015

How You Can Help Us Help You

By |October 22nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How You Can Help Us Help You

Some homeowners forget that not every visitor is as familiar with your home environment as you are, and that can lead to workplace accidents and inefficiencies. Here are a few areas where you can greatly help us help you by making a service call as safe and relaxed as possible.   Please restrain pets. [...]

21 10, 2015

Benefits of Having a Plumbing Service Agreement

By |October 21st, 2015|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Benefits of Having a Plumbing Service Agreement

Benefits of Having a Plumbing Service Agreement Many homeowners have signed agreements with an HVAC company for periodic inspection and maintenance of their HVAC systems. We strongly encourage this and urge you to take a step beyond and also contact us about a plumbing service agreement. Just as with HVAC systems, a plumbing inspection [...]

20 10, 2015

Tips to make your winter warmer

By |October 20th, 2015|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Tips to make your winter warmer

  Fall is still far off, but now is a good time to prepare your furnace for the inevitable cold weather ahead.   One tip: Test your furnace on a cool day way well before winter sets in. This way, you can determine if your furnace is working. If it’s not, you have plenty [...]

19 10, 2015

Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Efficient

By |October 19th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Efficient

Another great article from an HVAC trade journal. Correctly sizing, selecting, and installing equipment is critical to proper performance HVAC systems now come with higher efficiencies than ever, with air-source cooling equipment surpassing the 25-SEER mark and gas furnaces achieving more than 98 percent AFUE. Customers who pay for these highly efficient (and expensive) systems [...]

16 10, 2015

Upfront Flat Rate Pricing

By |October 16th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Upfront Flat Rate Pricing

The vast majority of our customers appreciate that we charge by the job rather than the time it takes to complete it. Before our technician breaks out the tools, customers know exactly how much the job will cost and have the option of agreeing to or declining the work. On occasion someone complains when [...]

13 10, 2015

Better basements mean lower energy bills

By |October 13th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Better basements mean lower energy bills

A badly insulated basement can cost you money every time you get an energy bill. That’s because poor or nonexistent seals are letting in mildew and moisture that tax your air conditioning system, which must do more dehumidification. Quality sealing and insulation downstairs will make your home more weather tight, improve air quality and reduce [...]

12 10, 2015

Duct repairs pay great results when modernizing an older building

By |October 12th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs, Save Money|Comments Off on Duct repairs pay great results when modernizing an older building

Looking to retrofit a heating and cooling system in an older home or office? You will want to read an article in the August Green Builder detailing the benefits and relatively quick payback of two systems for sealing ducts, which are vital to efficient cooling and heating. It looks at 40 houses in North Carolina [...]

9 10, 2015

R410a getting more costly

By |October 9th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on R410a getting more costly

Manufacturer behind rising prices We’re all dealing with some sticker shock as prices rise for R410a and other refrigerants. Prices started climbing after the Chemours Company announced in early July that “due to changing market conditions, the price of R410a, R404a, R507, R407a, and R407c would all increase by $.50 per pound, effective immediately,” according [...]

8 10, 2015

Nest Learning Thermostat Update

By |October 8th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Nest Learning Thermostat Update

The brighter way to save energy. The new Nest Learning Thermostat. BUY NOW The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat is thinner and sleeker. It has a bigger, sharper display. With Farsight, it can now show you the time or the temperature you’ve set from across the room. And it saves energy. A lot of energy. Over 4 [...]

7 10, 2015

Dryers must vent to the outside

By |October 7th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Dryers must vent to the outside

Thanks to today's building code, dryers must vent to the outside. Lucky, working with In-O-Vate Dryer Products provides an opportunity to use the best quality products to improve your home. Unique powder coated solutions like the DryerJack roof termination and the metal Dryer Wall Vent provide incredible airflow efficiency, improved aesthetics, and duct cleaning accessibility. Recently, [...]

6 10, 2015

Conditioning Crawl Spaces

By |October 6th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Conditioning Crawl Spaces

Here is a great article from www.greenbuildermedia.com.  The subject of 'conditioning crawl spaces' seems to be hitting more and more inspection offices as we find very confusing information about this each month.  I hope this article helps to clear thing up! Good Indoor Air Conditioning Posted by Green Builder Staff Aug 25, 2015 5:21:04 [...]

5 10, 2015

High Performance Building

By |October 5th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on High Performance Building

Another great resource for home performance! Enjoy See what’s new on the High Performance Building Exchange presented by Owens Corning Insulating Systems. A house is a complex system of different components assembled together. Correctly integrating these systems in a cost effective way is key when developing a high performance home. Therefore, there has to [...]

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